The way in which we consume media has radically changed over the last few years. We expect content to be free and have access to an abundance of sources to get it from. However, these changes have left much of the newspaper and publishing industry in a free fall as they try to find new ways to survive. As a freelance writer myself, I have witnessed first hand the impact on the industry and frankly worry about what the long term impact on quality journalism will be.
The other week one of America’s most prominent newspapers, The New York Times, rolled out its pay wall following in the footsteps of a number of UK papers. This move is designed to create a new revenue stream while protecting the websites traffic and ad revenue. Their new pay model will give readers 20 free articles every four weeks before asking them to pick a subscription plan.
The pay wall has been rolled out a month before Andrew Rossi’s documentary titled Page One: Inside The New York Times is due to hit cinemas. The documentary offers viewers an unprecedented look into the New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the media desk, aiming to chronicle the transformation of the media industry.